El Come Taco Just Got Grasshoppers and Ant Eggs, So Guess Where I Was Last Night?

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Almost as cheap as Prosac.
I'll go ahead and acknowledge that my grasshopper taco-eating experience is limited. I've enjoyed the delicacy a handful of times at Oyamel, a Mexican restaurant D.C., but that's it. Still, I feel safe in the declaration that the tacos de chapulines available at East Dallas' El Come Taco right now are undoubtedly good, as evidenced by how quickly they jumped off my plate.

I stopped in last night to try the special item. Owner Luis Villalva told me the grasshoppers come in dried, and he boils them in water and garlic before toasting them on a comal with plenty of salt and pequin chile. Villalva cooks with a light hand, leaving the insects slightly soft, retaining a light, almost musty taste in addition to the nutty, salty and spicy flavors expected. They're really good. And they're not the only special he's running at his little pink taqueria.

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Not just ants but angry ones
My experience with escamoles, or ant eggs, is even more limited: I'd never eaten them before last night. And I can't say that a quick Google image search for the delicacy invigorated my enthusiasm to try them. But what arrived at my table at El Come looked innocuous, akin to well toasted Rice Krispies on a dollop of guacamole.

What do they taste like? I hate to overuse the nutty description, but it was definitely prominent, this time more like peanut butter than the roasted nuts you get at a baseball game. One of Villalva's cooks said he tasted a hint of foie gras, and I definitely noted a mild livery flavor, but for now I'll have to say that escamoles taste like escamoles, and the only way to understand is to try them for yourself.

Villalva said he's got four pounds of the bugs, and when they're gone, they're gone. If you want a shot at trying them your best bet is to get over there as soon as possible. If you're on the fence, I'll say this: As I waited for my own plate of entomological tortilla treats, I watched a table of four tear into what looked like their first plate of tacos de chapulines. They smiled, laughed out loud and nodded their heads in approval as they ate. If these tacos are anything, they're entertaining, and you just might find them delicious.

Note, they're more expensive than your typical tacos. The grasshoppers are $5.50 and the ant eggs are $8.

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El Come Taco

2513 North Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

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primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Dropped by this afternoon for a late lunch. No insects but I have to rate El Come as good as any taqueria in Dallas, giving Nueva and Banqueta a run for the money. Taco heaven.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Insect protein, the soylent green of our near future.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

This has got to be on your "most interesting dish" list...........right?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

We live in the plentiful land.........why?  You can buy a whole turkey at Walmart, for like, 6 bucks-so, again, why?!!!!!



 "a roomful of Mexicans pissing themselves from laughing so hard"



ps-I'll take Taco Bell over scraping my hood after driving from here to Denver; if only to save time. 


Slow news day? I looked up at the DO offices yesterday and I saw JTone and Gavin playing Whiffleball in the main conference room. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

Pastor for a buck fiddy or a taco made of fucking insects for $5.50. I have a feeling that as soon as the door closes behind you when you leave there is a roomful of Mexicans pissing themselves from laughing so hard.

shawn4848
shawn4848

once again, you can't trust these illegal dirty spics especially around food...

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I'll preface this by saying that by this point in my life I have probably ingested several pounds of bugs while riding and not a single one of them has ever had a "nutty" flavor.

You're a stronger man than I, SR. I just cannot get past the 'bug' aspect. I would not eat this in an airport.

Greg820
Greg820

"Who wants some grasshopper tacos!?!?!?"

<<Crickets. . . . . >>

Didja get the pun?

garrison.griffin
garrison.griffin

Is this what our country has gotten to - eating grasshopper and/or ant eggs tacos???


SMDH

NakedTuna
NakedTuna

@JustSaying I have a feeling they aren't, since you know, dishes like this actually exist in their home country. Explore more!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Tried the caterpillar cocoons at Tto Tto Wa Korean; interesting but didn't make it into rotation.  


Have tried crickets/grasshoppers; not that bad depending how cooked (crispy spicy is good).  Better than the cocoons but again didn't make it into rotation.  


Not sure I'm up for the ant eggs, look kinda squigly.   

NakedTuna
NakedTuna

@garrison.griffin Gasp! "Our country" exploring ethnic foods. WTF has America come to?! Where's my KFC!!! You should get out more.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@garrison.griffin

. . . as opposed to, say, "chicken" nuggets?

standifer_ryan
standifer_ryan

Yes, we're becoming a bit more open to new things. Crazy huh? But don't worry, mcdonalds is still there for you sir.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@primi_timpano My favorite taco at El Come is the Compechano. Brisket and Chorizo. They make their own Chorizo.

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